Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) Way Off the Mark
July 14, 2009
"[T]his is mostly about liberal and conservative politics more than it is anything else."
No. We have fought this cynicism, as it relates to our judiciary, for many years. A conservative judicial advocate is just as bad as a liberal judicial advocate. If a judge were to follow the law and the Constitution as written, then their personal politics wouldn't matter.
"Now, unless you have a complete meltdown, you're going to get confirmed."
Bravo Senator! Way to express the many concerns your constituents have with her record.
And now for the really puzzling ones:
"I do believe that you, as an advocate with the Puerto Rican Defense Legal Fund [sic], that you took on some cases that I would have loved to have been on the other side, that your organization advocated taxpayer-funded abortion and said in a brief that to deny a poor black woman Medicaid funding for an abortion was equivalent to the Dred Scott case. Now, that's a pretty extreme thing to say…
"[Y]our organization argued for the repeal of the death penalty because it was unfairly applied and discriminatory against minorities…
"Your organization argued for quotas when it came to hiring. I just want my colleagues to understand that there can be no more liberal group, in my opinion, than the Puerto Rican Defense Legal Fund [sic] when it came to advocacy…
"My point is, I'm not going to hold it against you…"
Wow! So what will the great Senator from South Carolina hold against her?
"Now, when it comes to your speeches, that is the most troubling thing to me, because that gives us an indication, when you're able to get outside the courtroom without the robe, an insight into how you think life works, and this wise Latino comment has been talked about a lot… "But I can just tell you one thing: If I had said anything remotely like that, my career would have been over…
There it is, he will hold her to her word...
"But President Obama won the election, and I will respect that."
Never mind! President Obama won, so apparently he can appoint Stalin himself and Sen. Graham won't hold anything against him.
South Carolinians are you there? Call Sen. Graham and let him know this type of attitude towards judicial nominations, one of the most important issues affecting our lives, is not acceptable. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121.
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